10 cheap, easy holiday gift ideas

Holiday shopping can be tough – especially if you’re on a college budget and have a long list of friends and roommates expecting gifts. Here are 10 cheap, easy DIY gifts that will help you check off your shopping list and stay within your budget!

1. Hot cocoa kit

Layer hot cocoa mix, chocolate shavings and mini-marshmallows in a jar. Tie on some festive ribbon and attach colorful straws or even a mini bottle of Bailey’s.

Hot cocoa in a jar

Hot cocoa in a jar

2. Ornament

You can take this in many different directions. Get a simple glass ornament and fill it with sand from a beach vacation you and your bestie took together. For a rustic ornament, buy pre-cut wood slices from Hobby Lobby, screw eye-hooks onto the top, decorate it with sharpie, and spray on some clear sealer. Tie some twine onto the eye-hook and you’re done!

Wood ornament

Wood ornament

3. Pedicure in a jar

Who doesn’t love a pedicure? Give your friend a “pedi in a jar” by filling a jar with nailpolish, mini foot scrub and lotion, a mini nail file, cozy socks and Hershey kisses.

Tie on a tag that says “Wishing you warm & cozy ‘mistletoes’ all winter long.”

Pedicure in a jar

Pedicure in a jar

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